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Hi all, as the title suggests does anyone have any recommendations on how I can reduce the appearance of the following scratch 😠.  Clearly someone getting out of their car in a car park.  I know these are the risks but still very annoying and I always park sensibly.  Its about 4cm in length

 

Cheers

 

Dan

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1 hour ago, ne0star said:

Hi all, as the title suggests does anyone have any recommendations on how I can reduce the appearance of the following scratch 😠.  Clearly someone getting out of their car in a car park.  I know these are the risks but still very annoying and I always park sensibly.  Its about 4cm in length

 

Cheers

 

Dan

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How deep is the scratch?  If you run your fingernail over it, does it catch on your nail?  If so, then the scratch goes beyond the clearcoat so won’t polish out and would need filling, sanding and polishing, or a smart repair, etc.  If it doesn’t catch your nail and feels smooth as your finger runs over it then the scratch is likely contained within the clearcoat and could be polished out with a machine polisher if you have access to one (or a detailer could do it). Often with scratches like that part of it might be deeper than other parts of the scratch.  Even if it’s a deeper scratch, a machine polisher can smooth the edges off lessening the appearance. 
 

If you can’t/don’t want to try and polish it out, then it’s a case of trying to mask it.  A glaze can be useful for that as they contain microfillers that ‘fill’ the scratch and lessen its appearance to a degree.  A good one I used to use is Poorboys Black Hole glaze which is pretty effective at reducing the appearance of scratches.  Glazes also add great shine to paintwork but they have no protective properties so you’d need to top it off with some form of protection.  

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As always thanks for the detailed response Becks.  Yeah parts of it can definitely be felt by my nail.  I think since we are heading into autumn and winter I will simply try a masking product as you recommend and then in the spring next year look to get it professionally sorted as given the fact its on the drivers door I 100% won't be able to live with it long term.

 

It's so frustrating as I really wanted to look after the body work of this car and got it professionally detailed and ceramic coated to make it look its best. 

 

Cheers

 

Dan

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16 hours ago, ne0star said:

As always thanks for the detailed response Becks.  Yeah parts of it can definitely be felt by my nail.  I think since we are heading into autumn and winter I will simply try a masking product as you recommend and then in the spring next year look to get it professionally sorted as given the fact its on the drivers door I 100% won't be able to live with it long term.

 

It's so frustrating as I really wanted to look after the body work of this car and got it professionally detailed and ceramic coated to make it look its best. 

 

Cheers

 

Dan


If it’s already been pro detailed and ceramic coated, that might have a bearing on what  products to use, I’d echo what Len says and have a chat with your detailer and see what advice he/she gives.   

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